Rich Building and Theatre

Rich Building and Theatre (HM1PJL)

Location: Montpelier, ID 83254 Bear Lake County
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Country: United States of America
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N 42° 19.05', W 111° 18.46'

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Montpelier Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Early Montpelier was well known for its pine trees placed down the center of Washington Street. As U.S. Highway 89 became more popular to the traveling public, the trees were finally cut down amid much discussion throughout the town.

Rich Building

This building was built for Joseph C. Rich, grandson of Charles C. Rich, the Mormon pioneer. The brick construction was done by the Tueller brothers - Jacob, Jacob Jr., John and Christian from Paris who learned their trade in Switzerland.
Joseph was the first manager of the Montpelier branch of the Studebaker Car Dealership with the main office being in Ogden, Utah. In 1914, he went independent and started the J.C. Rich Motor Company. He sold Pontiac, Chevrolet, and Cadillac automobiles. This was one of the oldest automobile agencies in the state of Idaho.

Rich Theatre

In 1923, Stanley Rich went into Partnership with his brother Joseph and started the Rich Theatre in this same building. He and his wife Kathryn operated the theatre for 56 years and then sold out to the Voller Theatre Circuit. The "Kozy Corner," an ice cream and soda establishment was located on the west side of the building. It was run by the Collipriest sisters. This business had a soda fountain, an ice cream parlor and glass shelves stocked with candy. People that attended the movies would often go there for treats before and or after the "show."
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HM NumberHM1PJL
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Marker Number4
Placed ByGreater Bear Lake Valley Chamber of Commerce, Montpelier Gem Community Team, Daughters of Utah Pioneers, The Bear Lake County Historical Society, USDA Rural Development Agency and Utah Power
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Date Added Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 474646 N 4685074
Decimal Degrees42.31750000, -111.30766667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 19.05', W 111° 18.46'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 19' 3" N, 111° 18' 27.6" W
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Area Code(s)208
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 819 Washington St, Montpelier ID 83254, US
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